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jobs and renewed economic confidence at home. okay, i have a dream. that's "hardball" for now, thanks for being with us, have a great holiday weekend, and we'll see you next week. which of these stories will be you be talking about tomorrow? miss my mismanagement yet? new polling, 71% of americans believe our economic problems stem from policies enacted by president bush. so why would they ever, ever put the man who enacted those tax cuts for the wealthy policies back in charge? >> come on, we know what works and that is across the board marginal tax relief. david corn on the bush nobody misses and the inability to connect the gop economic disaster dots for the american voter. the newest two minutes taped newt's latest plan to demoralize
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the muslim at park 51. >> i think congress has the ability to declare the area a national battlefield memorial. i think we should think of the world trade center as a battlefield site, this is a war. >> so how much is battlefield? two square blocks, four, 40? and what does this mean for the battlefield scrip joint. and joe miller's idea, phase out social security, starting the day after he is sworn in as senator. >> i can make sure that i put my money in an account that the government is not going to steal from. >> and god is funding his campaign, god and a big k-street fund-raiser. bringing america to iraq, baghdad's newest tv show. that celebrity would be told they have found an explosive in his car and he must be a suicide bomber. this just in from father flanagan. two plus two equal four.
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and fridays with thurber, the all american hero turns out to be an all american louse. part two of the greatest man in the world. all that and commentary now on "countdown." good evening from new york, while lawmakers enjoy their final day of rest before their return to d.c., sharks have literally been seen swimming in the potomac river. are americans ready for a return to bush era economic policies? absolutely not. are they ready to vote for republicans? yes, we still can. in our fifth story, discontent and the great american disconnect, with the midterm elections now just 59 days away and now yet hard evidence that the former president has not been erased from the minds of
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traumatized americans, 71% of americans still blame the former president for the nation's current economic mess according to the latest gallup poll. although 48% lay some of the blame on president obama, 51% says obama is dealing with problems he inherited rather than created. today this president found himself in the position of characterizing a troubled set of data, positive but still sluggish. >> the problem is it took years to create our current economic problems. and it will take longer than people would like to repair the damage. the month i took office, we were losing 700,000 jobs a month. this month's figures show that the economy produced 60,000 private jobs in august, the eighth consecutive month of
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private job growth. >> coup the republicans who are still looking for president obama's -- when democrats took office, unemployment was less than 5%, now that the democrats have added trillions to our national debt, unemployment has nearly doubled and millions of americans have lost their jobs. considering four years ago judge was still president. newt gingrich, along with the co-author of his book, this posting, unemployment day weekend will mark the summer. the white house should have never declared the summer of 2010 recovery summer until the recover rappekovcover appeared. respondents prefer a republican candidate to one in the midterm democratic elections, this even though the republicans from both chambers said has something to do with tax cuts for the rich, or in its current incarnation
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don't allow the expiration of tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of americans. yet in another poll, 56% of americans favor ending the very tax cuts in question. back to the disconnect, more specific poll numbers, race by race should truly have democrats scared out of their wits. according to charlie cook's political report, compare that to just 11 republican incumbents who are losing at the same time in 2006 when republicans gained control of the house. while most experts don't predict a takeover by the republican of the senate. all the gop would have to do is retain all of its seats and defeat the likes of barbara boxer and take ten of the 18 senate seats up for grabs in november. let's start tonight with the bush part of this and we'll turn to the washington bureau chief david corn, good evening. it's been nearly two years since the election of this president, but americans, at least judging
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by that "usa today" gallup poll, don't actually seem to be missing the former president quite yet, do they. >> not by that poll, there was a poll in ohio of locally saying that the majority, 52% wanted bush back rather than obama, so you have to wonder what's happening in ohio. but the national poll that you cited showed that people by and large have it right, the economic problems that we have were not caused by the present administration, they were caused by the previous administration. but that does not mean they're happy about the way things are going now or that they're going to give obama or the democrats any slack. >> the sentiment is not going to get the current president off the hook and even as president obama acknowledged the public expects results. so who was it that thought to call this the recovery summer? his job is now open, is it not? >> it's certainly not the summer of love. you know, they thought the
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economy would turn around by giving it a label, not to turn it around, but a little hotter, they could get some credit going into election, but there was another gallup poll that came out this week saying about half of those who say they're likely to vote republican in the upcoming congressional elections, half of them see that as a vote against the democrats, not as a vote for the republicans. and that is higher than usual to vote oppositionly so to speak. it's always there, it's always a factor, but it seems to be a higher factor at this point in time. so whatever obama's doing, and he doesn't have it whipped. he has been making a few key missteps along the way and just ask yourself, where did august go? i mean if you have three months before the election, the democrats and barack obama, what did they achieve? what did they even try to achieve in the month of august setting up the final stretch of this campaign? i can't think of anything.
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>> a lot of us pushed as this administration began pushed them to pursue the bush administration in areas like torture and the lies about iraq, i mean big ticket items, those of us who believed in the constitution. but there was a political consideration in that obviously too, if you don't investigate, future politicians will say bush got away with it, we can too. you're also telling the public, the bush administration got away with it, case closed. is there any thought about trying to do anything about that even now? >> keith, i saw you cover the president's speech on iraq on tuesday night? what did he say? it is time to turn the page. what the republicans say, hey, we're getting ready to fire up the subpoenas if we win and the president's saying it's time to turn the page. politically i'm not sure that going after bush on all those issues that you and i care
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about, i wrote two books on the subject, would have helped him a lot. but a lot of key mistakes, in which he hasn't set up enough of a narrative where the public fully understands what might happen, what they might get, what those 70% already know and that's actually the consequence if you vote against the democrats. >> david corn of mother jones, politics daily, have a great holiday weekend. let's turn to democratic strategist chris cofinas and look at this a little bit closer, one thing that no one has ever doubted, when the economy is bad, the administration in charge is always in trouble. it's not as if republicans made any effort to rework the policy descriptions, the tea party is just -- it's a great strategy in an anti-incumbent era. have they gotten away with it or have democrats let them get away
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with it? >> a little bit of both, i think we have kind of let them get away with it. here's the reality, when you have an economy that's as difficult and challenging as the one we face, you're going to have consequences. that party that holds the white house is going to suffer historically come losses. but to be frank about it, we have made this situation worse and we have made it worse by not communicating well and doing a good job of selling the policies and the programs we have passed. there's no doubting or questioning that this president has pursued a pretty bold, aggressive agenda in terms of tackling the problems that the country faced and inherited from bush, but we have not sold them well and the republicans, in particular the tea party has been able to frame this. and if you think about these tea party candidates, they're about as stable as lindsay lohan when it comes to reality. so the notion that somehow these republicans and these tea party candidates are reflective of america, they are not and the polls show that. that's the part that i think is
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frustrating to a lot of democrats. americans are not moving to republicans, we just lost them. and we have to be really honest about why. >> so david corn's question was where did august go, and my question is the big thing is supposed to be the chairman tim kaine's speech, dnc chairman's tim kaine who's supposed to draw a stark contrast, is that enough? are people being held back from firing on all cylinders and firing all weapons at hand here. >> it's a step forward, you have about two months before the election, give or take, and you're talking about realistical realistically, maybe about 20% of the electorate could change their minds so having chairman kaine go out there and do that is a step forward but the reality is it's much bigger than that. and the reality is that this goes from the white house all the way down. we have to paint a very stark contrast, not necessarily a contrast and bush and going
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backwards to this. i would make the point about painting the contrast about who we are going to pass the congress to potentially is a very dangerous and extreme right wing that does not reflect america, is not what independents in terms of their values or priors share. if chairman kaine can do that and other democrats from the white house on down and the president can do that, i think we will hopefully minimize some of these losses in these tight races. >> and "the washington post" had a catalog of the handful of races in which democrats are already unleashed ads to that affect describing republicans in those terms. can that kind of campaign work district by district? is this a year to sort of go national at least in terms of characterizes the opposition, or is it still a question of what have you done for me locally? >> when you're talking about the national dynamics, it makes it difficult to run a national agenda, but at the same time, what you try to do as a candidate and as a campaign, you want to localize it and make it
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clear to those voters in that district and in that state to make a contrast between the two candidates. i think balancing that with a very strong message about where you're going to lead this country forward, i'm not a big believer in just going straight negative, i'm saying you have to balance it. you hit them hard, you hit them right between the eyes, but at the same time, voters want to hear that the policies that you passed actually address their problems and where you're going to lead this country forward and that contrast is a negative contrast. >> democratic strategist chris cofinas, thank you. the way around america's differences in tolerance and religious freedom is to declare the area around the world trade center as a battleground, maybe the ten blocks around the world trade center or the 50 blocks around it.
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nch. there's a new scheme to get around our constitutional heritage to make it illegal to build anything near ground zero without the federal government's approval. this candidate says his campaign has been funded by god. the newest tv reality show, you're accused of being a suicide bomber. and when the assumption that only a hero could do a heroic thing is a success does not always mean character. s. and i'm a guy who likes to go exploring ... get my hands dirty... and try new things. so i asked my doctor if spiriva could help me breathe better. spiriva is the only once-daily inhaled maintenance treatment for both forms of copd... which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva keeps my airways open... to help me breathe better for a full 24 hours. and it's not a steroid. spiriva does not replace
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from all the professional politicians who have declared islam phobia running through this country. the former house speaker called muslims attempting to -- in our fourth story, the contest icon has now taken his demagoguery to a different legal by calling on the federal government to seize control over lower manhattan in new york. the website talking points gingrich recorded thursday on wall builders live, an internet radio show host david barton, gingrich called the u.s. the central front in the war against radical islamists. in. >> in termses of religious liberty, i'm prepared to defend any group's right to worship without the government stopping them. >> however, gingrich went on to define the proposed islamic center on park place as a political effort and not religious, he then outlined how
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multiple levels of government could -- mgingrich suggested andrew cuomo could slow the project down for decades. finally mr. gingrich suggested that congress itself and the president federalized part of new york city to stop the islamic center from being built. >> i think the congress has the ability to declare the area a national battlefield memorial because i think we should think of the world trade center as a battlefield site, this is a war. >> the parameters of gingrich's area are unclear, does it include the 35-year-old with double decked burger king a block away on broadway, the strip including two blocks away on murray street, or would it be the mosque that gingrich outlined on fox news in july. >> i'm quite happy if they said they wanted to build a community
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center near central park, we would like to build a community center near columbia university, but they didn't. >> at this moment, i'm speaking to you from a studio ten blocks below 59th street, 59th street's that way, am i on a battlefield? we put our question to gingrich's office, but they failed to respond. the "new york times" today released a poll that said that the islamic center would like to go forward, but would prefer that they choose a different location. a retired middle schoolteacher who's muslim and is an emt and police cadet was lost in the world trade center tonight. >> thank you for having me. >> your son is now recognized by the city, by this country as a hero, he went into those buildings on 9/11 and tried to save lives. but that was not always the way
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it was, correct? >> sadly, it was not. and there were implications after he disappeared that day that maybe he was linked with the terrorist attacks that day and there was a flyer put out by the nypd, wanted, chemistry major. and the "new york post" printed the article, headline, missing or hiding? and it had insinuations that he was seen at the midtown tunnel at 11:00 a.m. and people are very skeptical about who this young man is. >> and it was so bad that you had to or you chose to when you put up a missing poster, you chose to not give his full name? >> yes, when my brother went to bring the flyer, his office was giving him a difficult time, so he eliminated the name and used what his american friends called him. but when we went back out on the street, all those flyers were
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pulled down and it was a very difficult time. and we did not have time to grieve. we had to go forward to find him and then, you know, clear his name. >> did you think in terms of the overall viewpoint and people's reaction to muslims in this country after 9/11, did you think we were moving perhaps not as quickly as we could be, but in some positive direction since then in terms of, you know, interfaith understanding and the understanding that faith was the tiniest part to do with this and did we suddenly go the wrong way or has it been worse than the rest of us have known? >> initially for the first few years, there was sympathy, there was empathy for us, i did get supportive letters from many people who said they were sorry about what some of our country men are saying about your son. now it's very different. nine years later, there is no sympathy or empathy at all for the muslim americans. on the contrary, i'm getting hate mails now, really bad hate mails, you know, with my regular mail address and it seems they
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got it from my dmv records. and then there were children who changed their names and they adopted american names, adam, mickey, michael, now they're adding a christian name at the end to be recognized and accepted as americans. that's so sad. >> did that just happen or did people make that happen? i'm thinking of what mr. gingrich has now said about turning, i don't know, maybe he means up to central park, maybe columbia university should all be under federal control, but he's talking about an exclusion zone. >> i don't know what's talking about because he has no right to get involved in this issue because he did not lose anyone over there. he's not a new yorker. all these politicians who are just jumping on the bandwagon, ostracizing american muslims like me and the families, ostracizing, painting everybody
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with a broad brush, we suffered, we gave up our lives, our people are dying on the line, why are we being held accountable for this action of a foreign terrorist group? >> do you have any concerns about speaking out in favor and with your group 9/11 families tomorrow about the park 51 project r you worried about that? >> i have no worries about it because i am standing for what is duefully mine. they are quoting this issue as a sensitive issue and too close and too soon. it's not that quick. to me it was about my freedom of religion. all those people that were murdered that day, they were murdered not for their faith, race or ethnicity, but for the american venues of democracy, freedom, freedom of religion and speech. so the best thing we can do is to uphold those american values unlike newt gingrich and whoever
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else is jumping on this like l vultures feeding on the blood of 3,400 americans. the logic of the republican candidate for the senate of alaska whose wants are dependent on social security, so we should eliminate social security ahead. i do a lot of different kinds of exercise, but basically, i'm a runner. last year. (oof). i had a bum knee that needed surgery.
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joe miller, the alaska
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senatorial candidate who claims his campaign has been funded by god and he apparently expects your unborn child's retirement to be funded by god as well. first the tweet of the day, come williams, are where are you going to go when state sponsored television fires you, it asks? it did, fox in 2001 did, then i went to abc radio and then i came back here in 2003. let's pay odd ball. hope that clears that up. in iowa city, a spectacular dash cam of the scooter accident which meets the minimum standard, nobody hurt. the center for the iowa hawkeyes football team riding high scooter when a truck from in front of him attempted to make a left. he was eventually taken to the hospital, minor injuries only. the drive of the truck was cited for failure to yield. hold the pickles, hold the
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lettuce, giant burgers don't upset us. it took two men to flip the burger. and there was much rejoicing. still, this goes down as an unofficial record as no representative from guinness was present, however fortunately for all, david hasselhoff was. los angeles, california, hello, ryan seacrest performing his daily radio show, live in studio. ryan was testing larry's knowledge of modern pop songs. so presenting without comment, larry king's republican days of the lady gaga number one hit, hello poker face. ♪ poker face ♪ she's got me like nobody ♪ poker face ♪ poker face ♪ poker face ♪ poker face >> there was a camera on.
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extending unemployment benefits doesn't benefit anybody. the latest pearl of wisdom from a republican senatorial candidate.
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turns out joe miller didn't need the help of sarah palin to defeat lisa markowsky in the primary in alaska, because as luck would have it, the lord is fundings his campaign. the lord and the primary anyway. and some guy from k-street named mike. roll call reporting that miller recently hired washington fund raiser mike ghoul la. he is in the process of 'semably a k-street steering committee. which contradicts a recent campaign fundraising letter praising a higher power for miller's success. we need to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves so far the lord has always provided the money in his grass roots campaign and this time god is
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going to use you to provide. the letter signed by a person or entity stamped harmony did not get the praise of one miller associate named mike ghoul la. mr. ghoula e-mailed the huffington post saying joe miller has never said anything like that. after admitting his parents are dependent on social security, the pro-life miller explaining he would not take away benefits from the people who currently rely on them, he would just take them away from unborn fetuses. >> it is an issue as you well know that can be easily demagogued. so i want to deliver a statement, you tell me if it's fair enough. joe miller says anybody in the system or close to the system is fine. we won't do anything significant to change your benefits. but how about an american born tomorrow or born the day after senator joe miller was sworn in
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in washington, would that person perhaps grow up in an america where there is not a federal social security program if you got your way. >> absolutely. >> that's a fair statement? >> no demagoguery there as all. >> sharon angle, the nevada senate hopeful previously stating that -- angle apparently going for a kind of hat trick. >> people don't want to be unemployed, they want to have real, full-time permanent jobs with a future. that's what they want. and we need to create that climate and washington, d.c. that encourages businesses to create those full-time permanent jobs for the future and all shelly berkeley and harry reid want to do is put a band-aid on this by extending unemployment, which really doesn't benefit anyone.
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>> except maybe the unemployed. time now to call in msnbc contributor political reporter with slate.com david wie gal. >> today harry reid issued a statement that -- this does seem even in the tea party world to be something of a contrast to this previous statement about extending unemployment benefits, does it not? >> i think she really believes this. this is part of the struggle you see between sharon angle being sharon angle and sharon angle being what republicans would like her to be, which is the generic r candidate that -- people are so lazy that they prefer taking these checks, i'm not sure that's true, i have interviewed lots of people who are on unemployment insurance who hate it and want to get to work, but are using that money to buy things and pay for things. every time she says what she believes, she gets in trouble or
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gets on your show. >> turning to god and k street and the campaign, in joe miller's defense, is that not the essence of what the tea party is all about, even if it's just to invoke a higher power? >> we first of all know this is not true, because you know god could take one fundraising check and stretch it to feed every republican candidate. he wouldn't be just focusing on joe miller. this is what i think some tea partiers are worried about, not the fund raising liner, but the k-street help. you're going to see next week a big conference where invited are among other people the tea party patriots to come and talk about strategy. i started to hear tea partiers say i thought we were going to remake the republican party, not run into the arms of those who ruined it for us. k-streeters would like to help him, i'm not surprised by.
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but i want to see how many more republicans end up getting co-oped. >> didn't he already go into the fundraising that he said he would not do and get away with it marginally? >> he said he would not vote for fundraising people who voted for t.a.r.p. the fall from idealism is pretty rapid with some of these candidates so it's not surprising. i don't think it's going to hurt him with tea party supporters yet. but it's something to watch. >> back to mr. miller and his comments on social security, how is that particular needle threaded? all of us get social security, but the unborn grandkids, the ones they keep saying are saddled with all this democratic debt, let's make sure we take social security away from them? >> yeah, it's something that is -- it is tough because i don't think democrats win many arguments when they tell people that trust us, you need to pay some taxes, get the money back, it's better for all of us, they haven't been winning that argument with health care, on
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social security they win that argument because people like the fact that something is there that waits for them that they can use when they get older, and the math does not make sense. the math isn't there, this isn't a system where you can pay into an account and it will be there later. this is a transfer system. if you let young people stop paying social security taxes because they want to pursue their own dreams, the money is not there for old people. alaska is a conservative enough state he might not get tripped up and lose on this. but there are some candidate who is might because it doesn't make sense. this is the one big government issue you can call it that democrats are very happy to debate, republicans on because they just don't think the votes are out there once you explain how this doesn't work. >> yeah, but you just used the word explain to this electorate currently. the msnbc contributor david weigel. have a good weekend, david. >> thank you, you too. look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's the greatest man in the world. part two of james thurber's
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. . the greatest man in the world, that's next, time for tonight's worst persons in the world. the bronze shareded by wyoming state police and the two men they arrested, thomas garry and zachary bee son, they found assorted drug paraphernalia and a suspicious gray powder hidden inside a purple and gold whisky draw string bag, police believe the substance was either cocaine or meth. the unidentified woman who owned the car told police she was very close to her deceased grandmother and she always keeps her nearby in the console. nice work, boys. the finance minister of russia elects -- he has told his country men of a novel solution that might be of interest to the tea party here. russians should drink more alcohol and smoke more cigarettes. fuels the economy. helps the government, especially
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with new excise taxes on smokes and booze. those who drink, those who smoke he says are doing more to help the state. but our winners post the producers at iraq television station al baghdadia. the american high security prison that the guys without guns are iraqi celebrities and that the show is modeled after such u.s. standards as punked and candid camera. the rest of this you can figure out even without subtitles. [ speaking in native language ]
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[ speaking in native language ] >> that's right, iraqi celebrities told that bombs had been found planted in their cars and that they were being arrested and are going to camp bouqa as failed suicide bombers, what you missed there was one of the men with the guns saying how much did they pay you to do it? you will be executed and the victim playing i am a family man, i have two kids. on top of all this, they are specials for family viewing at ramadan season. and here i thought american democratic values like tv's "scare tactics" would never catch on in iraq. the staff from the television station today's worst persons in the world. [ female announcer ] we can't live in a bubble. but what we can do is arm ourselves for the ones we love with a flu shot from walgreens.
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in a ricketty one engine contraption of a crazy school master, mechanic jack smer ch has set off in 1937 to attempt the impossible, to fly around the world without stopping for rest for gasoline. humanity gasps as when he emerges above san francisco safe and sound and bound for new york and greater glory than any aviator has ever known before. but there is a problem, pal smers ch is a little known bull gar yarn, that is where he left you in the first part of one of
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his greater longer short stories. i amgen reading from the library of america thurber writings and drawings. pal smerch. as we bring you part two of the greatest man in the world. by james thurber. pal smerch, had the reporters discovered once knifed the principal of his high school, not mortally, to be sure, but he had knifed him and on another occasion, surprised him in the act of stealing an altar cloth. for each of these offenses, he has served a sentence in the reformatory. both organizations prayed that an understanding providence might, however awful such a thing seemed. bring disaster to the rusty battered plane and its illustrious pilot.
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the authorities were convinced that the character of the renowned aviator was such that the limelight of adulation was windy to reveal him to all the world mentally and morally unequipped to cope with his own fame. i trust, said the secretary of state, at one of the many secret cabinet meetings called to consider the national dilemma, i trust that his mother's prayer will be answered, by which he referred to her wish that her son might be drowned. it was however late for that. smerch has leaped the atlantic as if they were mill ponds. in 1937, the garage boy bought his idiotic plane into roosevelt field for a perfect three point landing. it had of course been out of the question to arrange a modest little reception for the greatest flier in the history of the world. he was perceived as backed by the world.
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fortunately, the spent hero promptly swooned, had to be removed bodily from the plane. thus he did not jeopardize the dignity of his first reception, a reception illume minuted by the presence of the secretary of war. the premier of canada, governors and a brilliant array of european diplomats, smerch did not in fact come to in time to take part in the gigantuy gaiga be more exact before he was permitted to get up. meanwhile the greatest minds in the country in solemn assembly had arranged a secret conference of city, state and government officials which smerch was to attend for the purpose of being instructed in the ethics and behavior of heroism. the day the little mechanic was
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finally able to get up and dress and for the first time in two weeks take a great chew of tobacco, he was permitted to receive the newspaper. smerch did not wait for questions, news guys, he said and the times man winced, news guys can tell the world that i put it over on lindbergh and i made an ass out of the two fogs. the two frogs is a pair of gal land french flyers who only flew halfway around the world. the times man was bold enough at this point to sketch out for smerch the accepted formula in cases of this kind. he explained that there should be no arrogant -- particularly heroes of foreign nations. oh, the hell with that, said smerch, i did at sea, i did it and i'm talking about it. and he did talk about it.
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none of this extraordinary interview of course was printed. on the contrary the newspapers already under the discipline of a secret director ate gave out to a panting and restless world that jackie would consent to say only that he was very happy and that anyone could have done what he did. my achievement has been i fear, slightly exaggerated, the times man had him protest with a modest smile. these newspaper stories were kept from the hero, a restriction which did not serve to abate the rising malevolence of his temperature. pal smerch was as he kept insisting, raring to go. he could not much longer be kept from a nation clam rouse to lionize him. on the afternoon of the 27th of july, smerch was spirited away to a conference room in which
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were gathered government officials, behave horlists and he gave them a limp, moist paw and a brief unlovely grin. hi, he said, when smerch was seated the mayor of new york arose and with obvious pessimism explain what he must say and how he must act when presented to the world. the mayor was followed by governor fannin of new york who after a touching declaration of faith introduced cameron spotswood, second secretary of the american underworld in paris, the gentleman selected to coach smerch in the amenities of public ceremonies, sitting in a chair with a soiled yellow tie in his hand, unshaved, smoking a rolled cigarette, jack smerch listened with a leer on his lips, i get you, i get you, he cut in nastily, you want me to act like a softy, you want me to
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act like that baby faced lindbergh, well nuts to that, see? everyone took in his breath sharply, it was a sigh and a hiss. mr. lindbergh, began a united states senator, purple with rage, and mr. bird, smerch who was pairing his nails with a jackknife cut in again, boyd, oh, for god's sake, somebody shut off his blasphemies. mr. smerch, someone said sternly, the president of the united states. it was thought it might have a chafing affect. a great painful silence fell. smerch looked up and waved a hand at the president. how are you coming? he asked. the